There’s a New Mosque in Sweden…
In Malmö, Sweden, on 28th April 2017, a new mosque was opened. Known as the Umm Al-Mu’minin Khadijah Mosque; it was opened by the Qatari Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs. Behind the opening is ‘Swedish Wakf’; a politically independent, Swedish organisation.
The 3 million euro price tag of the building was funded by Qatar. It is the largest mosque in Scandinavia; standing four stories high and having a capacity of 2000 people.
Strangley, Swedish authorities, the Swedish mainstream media and Malmö’s official website have not reported on the opening of the building. Qatar News Agency have, however, claiming the following:
“Director of the Islamic Affairs Department at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Khalid Shaheen Al Ghanim said that the mosque was built and furnished by the State of Qatar at a cost of over 3 million euros, under the supervision of the Ministry of Awqaf and in collaboration with the Wakf of Scandinavia in Malmö, Sweden.”
“He added that the Umm Al-Mu’minin Khadijah Mosque is the largest mosque in Scandinavia and is located on the first and second floors of the four-story building of the Wakf of Scandinavia in Sweden. The mosque is equipped with facilities for people with special needs to perform prayers and others for children and women.”
“The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of Swedish local authorities, representatives of Islamic institutions in Sweden and Denmark, as well as a number of businessmen.”
Planning Permission Lies
Interestingly, when the Swedish Wakf applied for planning permission for the mosque, they failed to mention to authorities that the building would, in fact, be a mosque. They instead applied for permission to build a “cultural centre”, which they claimed would be aimed at youths and families and would have a focus on “Rosengård”.
Head of Swedish Wakf, Khaled Assi, when asked if they were building a mosque, denied the claims. He instead claimed that “there is already a mosque in Malmö”, and that the “cultural centre” would simply contain a “small prayer room”. Assi also claimed that the “cultural centre” would be funded by individuals from Malmö and Skane, not Qatar, as we now know to be true.
During the opening of the building on 28th April, again, the word “mosque” was never mentioned.
Just To Clarify…
An independent organisation applied for planning permission to build a “cultural centre” (definitely not a mosque!), but instead built a mosque, and then denied that they had built a mosque.
Qatar, on the other hand, tell us they’re lying.
Perhaps we should be asking ourselves; why is it that Swedish Wakf feel the need to cover up the nature of their new building? And perhaps more importantly, why has this blatant cover up attracted no media attention from Sweden’s mainstream media outlets?